Recently I wrote about the silly call for Stormtrooper costumes to be banned for kids. Many were shocked by the recent article, but from my perspective, it had been going on for a long time and it really shouldn’t have shocked anyone. SJWs are always calling for control over others. They never stop, even when they’re asked to.
Some may remember the hubbub over the NPC memes, and how Twitter and other “progressive” platforms attempted to ban the meme. Again, these SJW efforts to control speech should always be fully expected. Frog and the scorpion. Fascist impulses are the inherent nature of the SJW. They’re incapable of behaving any other way. The SJWs in the UK seek to ban memes altogether under the false aegis of copyright law. The more accurate the meme is, the more driven the SJW ill be to silence it. It’s just how the world works.
So no one should be surprised when an uneducated SJW writes and publishes an article like this:
This particular article is from 2018, but it’s still very relevant today. So let’s take a look at some of the idiocy contained within it.
Internet memes are rewarded with popularity for their repetition of recognizable ideas. Likewise, meme communities tend to adopt a politics that is conservative – especially when the source material readily lends itself to that very politics. In the case of Star Wars, a tale of heroism is being twisted into a sincere veneration of the villain, and an emulation of his violence and tyranny.
Subcultures dedicated to pop culture for younger men – oftentimes science fiction, fantasy, and video games – take on these characteristics more than others. Mired in problematic masculine fantasies of underdogs doing righteous battle against forces that seek to either transform or take away their favorite pieces of pop culture for sinister ends, these communities use memes to reaffirm their own identity and to exclude and antagonize others, over and over again.
A prime example is the subreddit r/prequelmemes, dedicated to the Star Wars prequel films, The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), and Revenge of the Sith (2005). As ‘canonical’ entries in one of the most popular film franchises of all time, their presence in contemporary pop culture is undeniable.
As new Star Wars movies experiment more and more with diverse representations of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, young men gravitate towards the prequels’ traditional white, masculine power fantasies.
With both their masculinity and cultural capital ostensibly under assault, prequel fans resort to familiar methods to assert themselves.
Both the prequels and the Original Trilogy offer plenty in the way of young white men, gifted with extraordinary power and destined to alter the fate of the universe. Female characters are rare, as are people of color.
They see themselves as struggling bravely and heroically for the recognition of their favorite piece of pop culture, even though they are already one of the most popular, if not influential pop culture meme communities.
The attacks take the form of aggressive gatekeeping, where a majority decides who are and aren’t part of a community in order to homogenize it.
Aggressive gatekeeping, toxic masculinity and radical fandom aren’t new to geek culture, nor are they unique to Star Wars and its prequel films.
Memes have a reputation for being transformative or even radical deconstructions of existing media. But prequel memes reveal a reactionary community, endlessly using minute deviations of the same subject matter, reiterating the same reactionary, even fascist, politics over and over. While prequel memers are elitist in the sense that they separate those acquainted with the prequel films from those who don’t, their popularity seems to stem not from the fact that specific scenes or sentiments are recognizable only to a specific group of people, but from an underlying ideology that is equally popular and dominant in the outside world, and which attaches value to people according to their gender, color of their skin, sexuality, or politics.
You can read the rest of this tripe here.
This garbage was published on the website Institute of Network Cultures. Here’s what the Institute has to say about itself:
Since 2005 the Institute of Network Cultures publishes research on the intersection of research, art and activism, manifestos and how-to’s in the field of digital media and internet critique.
I’m old enough to remember when manifestos were reserved for unkempt madmen living in a wilderness cabin. But the romanticization of the Communist Manifesto in our “higher education” institutions likely changed that perception.
Regardless, you see the depth of the 1st world problems here. A person can’t even make and post a simple internet meme without some SJW handwringer complaining that it’s a manifestation of aggressive gatekeeping or toxic masculinity or some other similar nonsense.
These imbeciles aren’t seeking to improve geek culture or make it more inclusive. They’re seeking to destroy it. And they may be succeeding.
Thanks to Dennis Skriginski for the tip.
Originally published here.